2774 Tasting Notes
I have been researching and applying for jobs all day today, this is some seriously boring stuff! It’s a beautiful day and I’d rather be out playing but I guess I’ll get to do that this weekend.
Strawberry Exotica is a very good cold brewed tea, perhaps better than it is hot. It’s mild, sweet and has nice strawberry and tropical fruit essence. I wish I had more of this as a cold brew. It’s tasty….
Thank you to carol who for this sample tea. I am sorry it took me so long to get around to trying it.
I decided to steep this at 175 F for 3 minutes. I was a bit nervous as the tea is a fine CTC and sometimes they can be very robust but the lower steeping temp. probably helps. This tea has a lot of interesting flavors in the cup. There is a bit of smoke, spicy flavor and some apricot fruitiness as well. I can drink this plain, which is good! I get a hint of tobacco flavor too but it doesn’t seem bitter. Overall, a very interesting tea which makes me want to try more things from Shan Valley. Thanks again — Carol!
Tea of the evening here. David’s Tea sure seems to like putting pepper in their blends, although here it makes more sense than in the pumpkin patch, I think. This is a pretty good rooibos chai, kind of spicy, kind of sweet. Like most chai this is good with soymilk and some sugar. Me likey. :)
Wow, what a day it has been, full of freaks and weirdos. I don’t even want to write about it, just glad to be home and there are a lot of strange people coming out in S.F. after 9 pm.
So I went into the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf looking for something to revive me before my class. I asked the guy at the counter for advice about whether to put sweetener in this and he said to add vanilla powder. I thought this was nice, it was in a mesh teabag and definitely had a good strawberry flavor as well as something “cream” like that didn’t seem too artificial. I would get this one again if I was out and about but I have a lot of flavored green teas right now and don’t need anymore in my house!
hHm, I haven’t had this tea for a while but I am jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon that seems to be really popular right now. ;)
This tea has a lot of fine yellow powder in it, which I guess is from the pumpkin flakes? I’m not sure how much of the flakes to put in with the tea. I steeped this for 4 minutes and got a bit of bitterness, some sugar helped to bring the pumpkin flavor out a lot. I am enjoying this…
I’m all out of this lovely yunnan black today. It has served me well. Though today I feel like I need a caffeine injection!
I am a busy lady. Taking digital marketing classes and night and doing volunteer work in between applying for jobs. I think staying busy is going to be the key to keeping me sane through all this unemployment!
And at my evening class there is hot water and tea. Of course the tea is not up to my standards but I can always bring my own. :)
Tea of the afternoon…
I have a lot of this and thought I’d try cold brewing it yesterday so I’m drinking the results today. :)
When cold brewed, this became very vegetal and slightly pungent, the spearmint and lemon myrtle are barely noticeable over the green tea. I wonder if I added too much leaf to the cold brew? Anyway this is one tea I definitely prefer hot.
This tea was purchased at the Lupicia store yesterday. I think Lupicia needs to work on their marketing a bit because this is how they describe it:
“Full-bodied, yet smooth taste with light astringency. A standard Assam tea.”
Hmm, Standard Assam tea doesn’t exactly get you enthusiastic about the product, does it? I happen to like assam teas and I drink them all the time in the morning, so I thought I would pick this up. I usually drink these with milk and that’s what I’ve done here. It is a good assam, though pretty average. It has a nice smoothness, malty flavor as well as some fruitiness too.
I’ve been wondering if I should switch to organic tea, and now this report is out by Greenpeace India that tea contains traces of pesticides including DDT. Definitely food for though but I can’t afford to buy everything organic. :(